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Vol. 2 No. 182

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Cover Story

Dipolog moving closer to SWIGAPORE 2030 page 4

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Mary May A. Abellon Western Mindanao

President Aquino satisfied with election preparations MIPLS webpage launched Alfonso T. Ruda, Western Mindanao

MGB completes geohazard assessment of 19 areas in Soccsksargen Region Danilo E. Doguiles, Central Mindanao

Cotabato City LGU continues operation against illegal vendors, “habal-habal” Oliver Ross V. Rivera, Central Mindanao

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DepEd reminds teachers not to engage in partisan political activities Rutchie Aguhob, Northern Mindanao

COWD contructs additional wells in Calaanan and Macasandig

COWD, Northern Mindanao

Public urged to be vigilant against power sabotage on election day Carina Cayon, Southern Mindanao

BIR Revenue District 17 receives Seal of Excellence from CSC

Jennifer P. Gaitano, Caraga Region


CoVer StoRy Dipolog moving closer to SWIGAPORE 2030 By Mary May A. Abellon

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he street lanterns, bearing the SWIGAPORE 2030 logo, hanging around the city serve as a constant reminder for me and the entire workforce of the City Government that we need to double our efforts to deliver the commitment we promised by the year 2030,” said Mayor Evelyn T. Uy in her recent State of the City Address (SOCA).

With the strategic location of Dipolog as the gateway to Western Mindanao, opportunities abound making it a fast growing component city in the country today. As the provincial capital, the city has an area of 13,598 hectares

composing of 21 barangays with a little over 120,000 residents. It is basically an agricultural area with rice, corn, coconuts as major crops, complemented by livestock production and fishing. No less than President Benigno Aquino commended the city for its excellent performance in initiating programs geared toward uplifting the quality of life of every Dipolognon. Swigapore You may wonder what the word “Swigapore” means. This is a combination of Switzerland and Singapore, two countries with flourishing economies, the city wants to emulate.

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This vision came about as an offshoot from a series of planning workshops participated in by nongovernmental organizations, government agencies, academe, media, women, students, religious and business groups. This vision has become the guiding light in the implementation of programs and policies since 2009, two years after Mayor Evelyn T. Uy assumed office in 2007. As Swigapore, Dipolog is envisioned to be a city that is Godcentered, peaceful and self-reliant super city come 2030, giving higher quality of life for all Dipolognons thereby providing healthy and clean environment, vibrant economy ensuring sufficient food on every family’s table, free access to education, and healthcare services, access to decent housing, good road network, adequate air and marine transportation facilities, improved infrastructures and many more. The city was able to generate a revenue of P174 million from local

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sources, registering an increase of P7 million from 2011. No doubt, this would translate to better services and infrastructures for Dipolognons. Good governance Under Mayor Uy’s leadership, the city has received numerous awards. In 2011, the city received the Bronze Seal of Good Housekeeping and a notch higher in 2012 with the Silver Seal of Good Housekeeping owing to its efforts in accountability and transparency in good governance. Surprisingly, the city was ranked 7th among the Top 10 Best Performing Cities in 2011 and in 2012 throughout the country. It also bagged the “Gawad ng Pamana ng Lahi” award in 2012 after the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) declared it the regional winner for the city category in the Search for Exemplary Performance in Good Governance. In the same year, the DILG has rated the city government 95.06 or “Excellent” for compliance with Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007. Financial capital and trading hub of Zamboanga Peninsula The city government envisions at making Dipolog the financial capital and trading hub of the Zamboanga Peninsula by 2015. To fully accomplish this, the city government endeavors to improve its infrastructures that will help spur economic growth. 5


In line with the SWIGAPORE 2030 vision, the city currently embarks on 14 projects, namely: the Corazon C. Aquino City Hospital, Transportation Support Facilities, Dipolog City Sports and Events Complex, Dipolog City Business Circuit Link, Pangadlaw Housing program, Sustainable Energy program, E-governance program, Kukabildo sa Dipolog (Information and Communications Center), Livelihood Skills Development and Enhancement Program, Agricultural Development Program, Food Processing Facility, Foreshore Wellness and Activity Center, Eco-Tourism and Environment Protection, and Education Assistance Program. In 2012, 91 infrastructure projects costing P138 million were identified and implemented in the city. Second district congressman

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Rosendo S. Labadlabad has also contributed to the city’s infrastructures such as the River Control and Flood Control project-P300 million, bypass roads-P175.5 million and school buildings amounting to P8.25 million. Dipolog City Boulevard will also be extended by 2.6 kilometers to reach the Galas Sea Port at Barangay Galas. Livelihood The Livelihood and Skills Development Center (LSDEC) has produced 2,325 skilled graduates since they started in 2008, some of whom are now working here and abroad. It offers trainings in carpentry, masonry, plumbing, household services, welding, building wiring installation, heavy equipment operation, crafting and food processing. In 2011, the city received the “Regional Kabalikat Award” by Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for providing livelihood and skills training at LSDEC. “The Dipolog Seaside Women’s Association has produced at least 5,000 cases of bottled sardines a year with a gross annual income of P6 million,” the lady mayor proudly reported. In 2012, the local Council of Women (LCW) - Dipolog Chapter was Friday, May 10, 2013


also recognized as “Best Local Council The Sangguniang Panlungsod of of Women” in the country. Dipolog also bagged the 2012 Best Local Council in Region IX. Citations In the continuing pursuit of Collective efforts excellence, the city government is “A true and sustainable targeting a zero solid waste. development could only be achieved According to Mayor Uy, the when officials, officers and employees implementation City Ordinance No. will collectively endeavor to be efficient 123, otherwise known as sanitation and effective in the government code of Dipolog, backed up with the service, corruption is controlled and solid waste management has greatly eradicated and citizen’s participation contributed to the influx of tourists in is present in the policy and planning the city. Some of them have decided process including the implementation to stay here permanently. of city’s programs and projects,” Mayor With this, the city was awarded Uy said. in 2011 “the Best Solid Waste “The success of SWIGAPORE Management Practices” in Region IX. 2030 vision is not impossible with the In 2012, the City Disaster Risk collective efforts of the government Reduction and Management (CDRRM) officials and employees who adhere Council received Gawad ng Kalasag to work ethics and good governance; Award from the Office of Civil Defense the private sector who constantly as Best City Disaster Risk Reduction supporting the policies and programs Management Council in Region IX. of the city; the Dipolognons committed The city also has exemplary with discipline and concern for its performance in social development city; the academe providing quality from health, housing, education and and affordable education to produce the protection of children. competent graduates; and visitors In the same year, the city who will abide with the rules and was conferred the 2012 DOH Red regulations and will contribute to the Orchid Award as 100% tobacco-free rocket economy of the city,” the lady environment. mayor emphasized. For three consecutive years, the “With God’s blessing and city garnered the “Most Child Friendly everyone’s ardent support, I know we LGU Hall of Fame Award” from the could hurdle the difficulties and attain Department of Social Welfare and what we are aiming for,” the Mayor Development (DSWD). concluded. Friday, May 10, 2013

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ACROSS THE NATION Aquino says Department of Energy assures that there is adequate supply of power

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III says the Department of Energy assures adequate power supply on election day after probe into power outage that struck Luzon on Wednesday.

President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Thursday that the Department of Energy has assured him and the entire Filipino people of adequate power supply come election day on May 13 after its probe of the power outage that struck a large portion of the Luzon island into darkness on Wednesday. The President said at a press briefing after a political rally for local Liberal Party bets held at the Quirino Elementary School Multi-Purpose Building in Quezon City that the DoE conducted a thorough Friday, May 10, 2013

inventory “down to the last nut and bolt” after yesterday’s power interruption and found no major problems with its power generating plants. “Una, na-check na ‘yung tinatawag na physical tripping. Na-check ‘yung mga lines, walang makita na mga shorts, tuloy-tuloy ang imbestigasyon. Sabi niya (Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla) pa raw to describe it --- talagang inimbentaryo nila down to the last nut and bolt para ma-check nga na hindi mangyari ito ulit,” the President said.

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“Merong something to do with certain switches na ... didn’t kick in when they should have kicked in. Mas technical... sila na lang ang magpapaliwanag. Pero dahil nga doon sa lahat ng pag-imbentaryo na ginawa nila ay lalo tumaas ang (kanilang) confidence, saying availability of electricity nationwide will be there for election day,” he added. He stressed he had no intention to postpone the holding of the elections on Monday and was raring to have the electoral process finished in order to

focus on more pressing problems facing the country. “Alam nyo, pansinin naman po ninyo ‘yung boses ko. Parang ginagarantiya ko sa inyo maski anong bibliya kaya kong ipatong ang kamay ko na wala sa interes kong i-postpone pa natin itong eleksyon na ito,” the President said. “Talagang ganadung-ganado na tayong matapos po itong campaign and election period at dumiretso na ho tayo sa concentration nalang ng pag-aayos ng mga problema ng bansa,” he said.

President Aquino satisfied with election preparations

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III expressed satisfaction on Thursday over the government’s preparations for Monday’s (May 13) midterm election particularly the armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP). Friday, May 10, 2013

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deemed electoral hotspots. “There are 15 provinces na binabantayan ng husto at marami silang achievements pa dito sa pagbubuwag ng mga private armed groups o ‘yung mga PAGs. Pagkukumpiska ng mga sandata, paghuhuli ng mga taong may mga warrants of arrest, at saka pati na rin ‘yung mga lisensyadong baril na nag-expire ang lisensya, naka-hundred percent na po sila sa pagpupunta sa lahat nitong mga bahay na ito; at tuloy-tuloy ‘yung proseso na either isusurrender na sa kapulisan ‘yung mga armas or ire-renew ‘yung mga lisensya,” the President said. “So, lahat ng pinag-utos natin from last year ay ginagawa at mataas ang kumpiyansa natin na... naka-usap ko lahat ng area commands na rin ...na ready na tayo to forestall any more acts of violence,” he added. “So, sa abot ng atin He said the AFP and the PNP were pong makakaya... talaga pong able to carry out his instructions to pinaghandaan itong eleksyon na instill the rule of law on loose firearms ito,” the President said. PND (rck) and private armies in 15 provinces Friday, May 10, 2013

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Alsons power plants in Mindanao on full alert during polls

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he power generation units of the Alcantara Group in Mindanao have been instructed to be on full alert to ensure stable electricity supply to the Mindanao grid during the May 13 elections, company executives said. Edgar Sevilles, Alsons Power Group vice president for operations, said that its operating power facilities in Mindanao “will be on full alert and ready to respond to any power related contingency during the crucial period Friday, May 10, 2013

starting 12:00 a.m. Sunday , the day before the May 13 polls, until 12:00 a.m. Tuesday.� “All leaves for plant personnel have been cancelled and all essential operations personnel will be on duty 11


during this time,” he said. The Alcantara Group operates the 100-megawatt (MW) Western Mindanao Power Corp. (WMPC), the 55-MW Southern Philippines Power Corp. (SPPC) and the recently acquired 102-MW Mapalad Power Corp. (MPC). All these power plants are run by diesel fuel. Sevilles said that measures have been taken to ensure that fuel supply for the power plants will be adequate during the period. He added that all engines of the power plants will be on a “hot mode and ready to address any contingency related to the power supply within the areas of coverage of the three facilities.” WMPC began its operation in 1997 and is located in Zamboanga City, SPPC started in 1998 in Alabel, Sarangani province and MPC is based in Iligan City. WMPC and SPPC supply power to the Mindanao grid under an 18-year Energy Conversion Agreement with the National Power Corp. MPC began operating in a ramp-up basis last month after it was formally acquired by the Alsons Group in March from the Iligan City government. Oscar Benedict Contreras III, Alsons Power Business Unit manager for communications and stakeholder relations, said the MPC can provide 12

at least 10 MW to the Mindanao grid during the election as the facility is still being prepared to go full blast. “We will prioritize Iligan City during the elections being the host of MPC,” he said on the phone. Contreras said that MPC is scheduled to go in to full commercial operations in September. Sevilles said that in the crucial days before and after the elections, Alsons’ power plants will be in constant coordination with the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), the NPC, and the Department of Energy. Mindanao has been beset by lack of power supply since the start of the year due to increasing demand and lack of new generating capacities in the island, resulting to daily power outages lasting up to eight hours in some parts of the island. Milfrance Capulong, NGCP communications officer for Mindanao, said that power deficiency in the island stood at 209 MW as of 6:00 p.m. Thursday. As of 4:00 p.m. Thursday, the Mindanao grid had a capacity of 1,151, NGCP’s website showed. The government has stepped in to improve the power shortfall in the island, and among the short-term solutions it pushed is the purchase of diesel-fed modular generator sets. Friday, May 10, 2013


PNP, military ready for May 13 polls

By Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY – “We are 100% ready to secure the conduct of the May 13, 2013 midterm elections.” This was declared by Philippine National Police (PNP) 9 Regional Director Chief Supt. Juanito Vaño in a press conference following

the conduct of the 4th Provincial Joint Security Coordinating Center (PJSCC) conference at Camp Abelon headquarters held here last

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Tuesday. “In fact if the elections were held today, we could handle it,” Vaño assured the public. Vaño said: “With the coordination that we are making with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Commission on Elections, Department of Education, Department of the Interior and Local Government and Department of Public Works and Highways, we can assure the public that we have safe and fair election on Monday.” “We have created joint security coordination centers so we can integrate our security measures for the election,” Vaño added. Asked if the PNP has enough men to secure PCOS machines, as part of the agency’s drive to beef up security in specific areas, Vaño replied that some 151 men have been deployed in the province to address security problems. Vaño said the AFP would also deploy troops in the areas to secure PCOS machines. “With our combined strength, 14

we can also provide security to the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) who will carry the ballots and accountable forms from the municipal halls to their respective polling precincts,” Vaño assured the public. He said the PNP and military personnel will be in their proper uniforms during the election day. “In case of any eventuality, we have the ‘quick reaction forces’ that are ready to respond to any emergencies,” Vaño reported. With the presence of combined forces in polling places, Vaño expressed optimism that no major untoward incident can disrupt the May 13 polls. Attending the said conference were 1st Infantry Tabak Division Commander BGen. Daniel Lucero, Zamboanga del Sur PNP Provincial Director Sr. Supt. Thomas Abellar, Provincial Election Supervisor Atty. Dinah Sapong, DILG Provincial Director Abcede Asjali, and Schools Division Superintendent Arturo Bayocot. Friday, May 10, 2013


MIPLS webpage launched

By Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY - A simple but lively program launched the Murcielagos Island Protected Landscape and Seascape (MIPLS) in Barangay San Antonino, Labason, Zamboanga del Norte. In a press statement of Maribel Acama of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 9, she said DENR Undersecretary for Staff Bureaus, Atty. Ernesto D. Adobo, Jr., graced the launch with Regional Executive Director Arleigh J. Adorable amid curious locals. It was fully supported by the different DENR Regional Technical Directors, PENROs, CENROs, LGU Officials headed by Congressman Cesar G. Jalosjos, small and medium entrepreneurs, and MIPLS Protected Area Management Board (PAMB). The MIPLS is a 100-hectare protected area with buffer zone of 151 hectares became a protected landscape and seascape under Presidential Proclamation No. 281 dated April 23, 2000 by virtue of Republic Act 7586 or otherwise known as the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS). This Act aims to protect outstandingly remarkable areas and biologically important public lands that are habitats of rare and endangered species of Friday, May 10, 2013

plants and animals representative of bio-geographic zones and related ecosystems. “MIPLS is the first and model protected area in the Philippines that introduces its official webpage, and hopefully other proclaimed protected areas would replicate its action in order to promote the different notable protected ecological features in the country,� Usec. Adobo said. He added that the webpage will allow MIPLS accessibility to the world attracting more tourists and investors to visit and enjoy its scenery that will generate livelihood to the nearby communities and promote the protection and conservation of the ecological resources of the island. CENRO Liloy Ariel C. Barrientos believes that the local concerted efforts of the the active PAMB of MIPLS will succeed with the support of DENR top management. MIPLS composed of various government agencies, LGUs, NGOs and private entities had made this endeavor a reality and success. 15


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Asia’s longest zip-line opens in Makilala, North Cotabato By Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Asia’s longest zip-line located in Makilala town in North Cotabato is now open for tourists and adventure enthusiasts.

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On Sunday, May 5, the Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza and Makilala Mayor Rudy Caoagdan led the inauguration of the 2.3 -kilometer zip-line in Barangay New Israel, the latest addition to the tourist attractions in the province, the most popular of which is the majestic Mt. Apo, the country’s highest peak. Taliño-Mendoza hopes that the opening of the zip-line will boost the province’s tourism industry and provide livelihood opportunities to residents in the area. The zip-line consists of two cable rides. The first ride consists of a onekilometer stretch from the upper view deck to Sitio San Miguel while the 1.3km second cable line brings the rider back to New Israel where the tourism center is located. Ralph Ryan Rafael, provincial tourism focal person, the North Cotabato’s 2.3km zip-line exceeds the 1.3-km long zip-line in Bonbon,Butuan City as well as the 840-meter zip-line in Dahilayan, M a n o l o F o r t i c h , Bukidnon, both considered by the Department of Tourism as the longest in the country and in Asia. T h e provincial government allotted P5.8 milllion for the facility. Funds came from the 18

province’s share from the Mt. Apo geothermal power plants. Governor Taliño-Mendoza added that zip-line ride in New Israel is the cheapest in Mindanao; it only costs P200, which already covers the two rides. Barangay New Israel has been popular as the home of the Moncado group whose members are known for their strict adherence to rules and disciplinary standards set by their leaders, including ban on smoking. Monkeys freely roam around the area; at times even tourists could spot deer. In an earlier interview, TaliñoMendoza, said the area’s thick forest cover could also be an added attraction, especially among those who seldom see views of green forests. In the future, she added, the facility could offer other adventures like horseback riding. Amenities like fruit stands and souvenir stores are also being planned.

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Makilala as a municipality is known as the “fruit basket” of Region 12 with abundant supply of durian, marang, rambutan, and many others. The area is also one of the entry

sites for mountaineering adventures who would like to conquer Mt. Apo. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with report from PGO-IDCD)

MGB completes geohazard assessment of 19 areas in Soccsksargen Region By Danilo E. Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Detailed geohazard assessment of 19 areas in Soccsksargen region or Region 12 have been completed, an official of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) 12.

Constancio Paye Jr., regional director of the DENR-MGB 12 told Philippine Information Agency 12 today that they have already completed geohazard assessment of the municipality of Magpet in North Cotabato and Polomolok in South Cotabato. This increases the number of municipalities covered by the assessment and consequent establishment of detailed geohazard maps at 1:10,000 scale to a total of 19.m In December 2012, MGB 12 reported to have completed geohazard mapping of 17 LGUs. These include the municipalities of Banga, Tampakan, T’boli, Tupi, and Lake Sebu in South Cotabato; Alabel, Malungon, Maasim, Maitum, Malapatan Kiamba, and Glan in the province of Sarangani ; and, Bagumbayan, Columbio, and Sen. Ninoy Aquino in Sultan Kudarat province. General Santos and Koronadal cities, both in South Cotabato, Friday, May 10, 2013

have also been covered. Besides Magpet and Polomolok, MGB 12 also aims to finish assessment of six more areas this year, including Arakan, Makilala, Kidapawan City and Pres.Roxas in North Cotabato as well as Surallah, and Santo Niño South Cotabato. He said this is in line with the agency’s ongoing efforts to boost disaster risk reduction preparedness of local government units down to the village level. Using the detailed geohazard maps, provincial, city, municipal and barangay LGUs are able to identify specific areas that are prone to disasters such as landslide, flooding and others as well as areas that may be used in the evacuation and relocation programs. “Geohazard maps will be released to the concerned municipal and barangay LGUs as well as other stakeholders. They can use these as inputs for their 19


disaster management plans,” he said. The present detailed geohazard mapping started in 2011 after the completion of the initial countrywide mapping , which resulted in the establishment of 1:50,000 geohazard maps.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has allotted P134 million for the current geohazard assessment , which targets areas with potential to disaster. It is expected to be completed in 2014. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12)

Cotabato City LGU continues operation against illegal vendors, “habal-habal” By Oliver Ross V. Rivera COTABATO CITY-- The Cotabato City government continues its operation against illegal vendors and single motorcycles for hire or locally called “habal-habal” and motorcycles with side cabs or “payong-payong”.

With directives from Cotabato City Mayor Japal Guiani Jr., the Traffic Management Unit goes around the city to conduct surprise inspections. The authorities have confiscated several motorcycles and their plates because of illegally operating in the city. Traversing the National Highways is also prohibited and those who have violated this have been apprehended. “We understand that they are only doing this for a living. But I hope they would also abide by the laws that the City has,” Mayor Guiani said. Illegal vendors have also been spotted by the authorities around downtown area. The illegal struc20

tures that they have built and their products have also been confiscated. “We have already re-arranged our mega market and city arcade so that they can place themselves there and sell their products,” Guiani said. Guiani also added that most of the drivers and vendors are only transients in the city. “They are from neighboring towns of Maguindanao and North Cotabato, they go home by night and then come back again the next day”, Guiani said. The clean-up drive is part of the LGU’s effort to lessen the traffic in major thoroughfares of the city. (ORVRivera-PIA12) Friday, May 10, 2013


May is Cervical Awareness Month by Mary Nathalie D. Soldevilla

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- The Department of Health, pharmaceutical company Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD), and medical societies, kicked off the Cervical Awareness Month dubbed as “Babae, Mahalaga Ka!” at Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC).

As part of the campaign, 58 DOH retained hospitals nationwide including Northern Mindanao Medical Center in Cagayan de Oro, will offer free Cervical Cancer screening to women aged 30-49 years old. “Gagawa po kami ng free screenings to DOH retained hospitals for cervical cancer, kase pagka po Friday, May 10, 2013

earlier natin na detect yung cervical cancer o yung reasons through screenings, na pre-prevent po natin siya through treatment.” (We will conduct free screenings to DOH retained hospitals for cervical cancer, because if we can detect the cervical cancer or the reasons through screenings, we can help prevent it 21


through early treatment.), said Marge Villanueva, MSD In Cagayan de Oro, free screenings for cervical cancer are done every second Saturday of the month from 1-5 p.m. at the Northern Mindanao Cancer Detection Center (NMCD), while the weekdays schedule is open in NMMC. This has been going on for the past three years, for those needing further tests may avail it at NMMC. Dr. Fe Marissa Mercado, OBOncologist and consultant of NMMC said that cervical cancer can be

prevented through vaccinations and regular screenings. To date, vaccinations are available commercially, but screenings through Pap smear or visual inspection using acetic acid (VIA) are always free of charge. Just this year, PhilHealth also included the treatment for cervical cancer in the Z Benefit Package program. Some 9,000 school girls aged 13 years old will also receive free quadrivalent HPV vaccinations from MSD.

DepEd reminds teachers not to engage in partisan political activities by Rutchie Aguhob

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental - The Department of Education in Misamis Occidental is looking into reports that some of the teachers may have engaged in partisan political activities. This was revealed by Superintendent Jonathan S. Dela Peňa of the Misamis Occidental Schools Division during a recent meeting of the Joint Provincial Security Control Center (PSCC) who said that some candidates have asked to conduct their campaign inside the school premises, which “we do not allow.” Meanwhile, Dela Peňa gave his assurance that everything is under control and reminded the teachers of the Constitution of the Philippines, which provides that no officer or 22

employee in the civil service shall engage, directly or indirectly, in any electioneering or partisan political campaign. As described in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 9006, otherwise known as the Fair Elections Act, the term “partisan political campaign” refers to an act designed to promote the election or defeat of a particular candidate or candidates to a public office. Such acts include any of the following: Forming organizations, Friday, May 10, 2013


associations, clubs, committees or other groups of persons for the purpose of soliciting votes and/or undertaking any campaign for or against a candidate. Holding political caucuses, conferences, meetings, rallies, parades or other similar assemblies for the purpose of soliciting votes and/or undertaking any election propaganda for or against a candidate. Making speeches, announcements or commentaries, or holding interviews for or against the election of any candidate for public

office. Publishing or distributing campaign literature or materials designed to support or oppose the election of any candidate or directly or indirectly soliciting votes, pledges or support for or against any candidate. Any violation of the above provisions shall constitute an election offense and shall be punishable by imprisonment of not less than one (1) year but not more than six (6) years, among other penalties provided by law.

COWD contructs additional wells in Calaanan and Macasandig by COWD

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - As it seeks to address the city’s growing demand for water specially in areas like Calaanan where relocation sites abound, the Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) has contracted out drilling of two additional production wells-PW No. 10A in Calaanan and PW No. 30 in Macasandig. The construction of these facilities brings to 27 the total number of COWD production wells where CDO residents and establishments source their water needs. COWD also purchases treated water from a bulk supplier to augment its existing supply. Drilling has already started and is to be completed in 90 days. Completion of these 2 wells is expected to bring an additional supply Friday, May 10, 2013

equivalent to 100 liters per second or about 15% increase in COWD’s production capacity in the West Service Area and another 20% in its Central Service Area. Even as it continues with its rehabilitation from Sendong with the grants from both the Office of the President and JICA, COWD continues to undertake measures to improve and expand its services consistent with its mission and vision. 23


Comelec XI urges the voters to go out and vote early on May 13 polls by Joey Dalumpines

DAVAO CITY- The Commission on Elections XI guaranteed its promptness to run the May 13 national and local polls in Davao Region.

Atty. Wilfred Jay Balisado, regional director of the Comelec XI said the defective Precinct Count Optical Scan machines were they only glitch they experienced so far in the past days of testing and sealing since 24

May 6. He said the defective PCOS machines were sent back to Manila either for possible repair or replacement on Saturday and Sunday. Balisado said a contingency plan is in place in case of shortage of PCOS machines. He said the PCOS machines that have completed the polls on given precincts, can still be used in other precincts. He explained that elections can still go on at the precinct level even without the PCOS machine given that the ballots are available. “The Board of Election Inspectors will have to collect the filled up ballots, bring them in a safe place and with the permission of the Comelec national office, the ballots will be fed on the Friday, May 10, 2013


available PCOS machine taken from another precinct,” Balisado said. He advised voters in far-flung barangays to leave for the polling precincts early with the corresponding list containing the number corresponding to chosen candidates. Balisado expects an 85 percent turn-out of voters given the excitement of the registered voters to participate in the second national and local automated elections in the Philippine history. He also urged the public to comply with the two-day liquor ban on May 12 and 13. Balisado said that even with the refusal of the Central Bank of the Philippines to the proposed money ban prior to the elections, the poll body through the Philippine National

Police will continue to monitor through checkpoints the transport of large amount of money. Police and military personnel have to check on the reasons behind the transport of large amount of money prior and during the elections. We are trying to avoid vote buying,” he said. Balisado said that it is best that on Sunday, all electorates are already prepared who to vote. He said voters must not overvote to ensure that the PCOS machine will read the entry of their ballot. “The maximum number of the sena torial slate is 12. You must not vote beyond this number or your vote will not be counted,” Balisado said. (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

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Public urged to be vigilant against power sabotage on election day by Carina Cayon

DIGOS CITY – An official of electric cooperative here has called on the public to be vigilant against power sabotage intended to mar the election process on Monday and during the canvassing period. Engr. Godofredo Guya, general manager of the Davao del Sur Electric Cooperative, urged the residents here to immediately report to police authorities and barangay officials any suspicious move and actual act of impairing electric lines especially during the counting of ballots. Guya cited an incident in the past election where one of DASURECO’s power cable was deliberately hit with wire that caused short circuit resulting to power outage in a polling center. “This is why we are calling on the public to help us and the law enforcers to safeguard our power lines, especially during canvassing,” he emphasized in an interview with the Philippine Information Agency. In preparation for this year’s midterm elections, Guya bared DASURECO’s formation of its Task Force Restore Interrupted Power or TRIP for the purpose of protecting power lines and for the immediate restoration of power in case of tripoff. He said TRIP groups composed 26

of seven emergency line crews per team have been deployed to Digos City and 14 municipalities in the province to be on alert 24 hours a day for the whole duration of the election and canvassing period. The teams are with complete equipment, tools, vehicles, communication devices such as radio handsets and cellphones, and protective gears to be able to respond promptly to emergencies, Guya stated. He assured that the detailed line men are experts who obtained proper training from the National Electrification Administration (NEA). He further ensured the coop’s preparedness even during natural calamities like heavy rains which could interrupt electricity flow in the province. “We have always been prepared in case of disasters with all our equipment, devices and trucks,” Guya guaranteed. DASURECO has energized 337 barangays in Digos City and 14 towns in the province, with 98,000 billed consumers as of today. Guya said residential consumers comprise 60 percent or over 58,000 of the coop’s customers, while public lights and industrial users cover the 40%. (PIA-XI/Carina L. Cayon) Friday, May 10, 2013


Final testing of PCOS machines in Caraga successful by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said the final testing and sealing (FTS) of the PCOS machines in the precincts was generally successful.

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The glitches observed during the process was considered insignificant. The Comelec has already completed the distribution of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines to the respective polling places, Lawyer Raquel Limbaco, Agusan del Norte Provincial Election Supervisor, said. “We have prepared contingency PCOS so there is no worry if there might be problem with the PCOS on election day,” Limbaco said. “The Board of Election Inspectors were also provided with the manuals on how to use the PCOS and they were even oriented weeks before 28

this election. Te c h n i c a l s u p p o r t personnel were also assigned in the precincts to immediately address or solve any problem with the PCOS.” There are 1,445,724 registered voters in the five provinces of Caraga, which has 2,212 clustered precincts, Limbaco said. With these developments, Limbaco also appealed for the full support and cooperation of the general public to achieve Honest, Orderly and Peaceful Elections on May 13.

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BIR Revenue District 17 receives Seal of Excellence from CSC

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY -- As a well-compliant office of the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) of 2007, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue District Office (RDO) No. 103 under Revenue Region 17 here received the Grant of Citizens’ Satisfaction Center – Seal of Excellence Award from the Civil Service Commission (CSC) held Thursday at the BIR grounds, this city CSC-Caraga Regional Director of the ARTA law. There are thirty Adams Torres bared that the BIR respondents for this survey who here has complied and passed are taxpayers and are directly the standard requirements to be transacting at the respective BIR awarded the Seal of Excellence. office,” explained Torres. “In the month of June of every Torres also emphasized that year, the CSC is conducting government offices that have simultaneous survey to all frontline services must secure BIR offices to assess their and post their agency’s citizens’ performance on the compliance charter preferably at the entrance Friday, May 10, 2013

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part of their building so the public will know the right personnel whom they will transact with. Along with it is the posting of the Anti-fixer Campaign material. It was also learned that among the standards requirements that an office must comply to be awarded the Seal of Excellence from the CSC include the following: 1) Service Quality; 2) Physical Working Condition of the office; 3) Basic facilities for pregnant women, senior citizens and persons with disabilities or the compliance of the Accessibility Law; and 4) Implementation of ‘No Noon Break’. “We have assessed the BIR’s performance on the compliance of the ARTA through the 30 respondents of the Report Card Survey that our office has conducted which showed an excellent public performance in the overall rating,” stressed Torres. 30

BIR Revenue District Office No. 103 headed by RDO Samer Muti, together with Regional Dir. Norberto Vitug of BIR Revenue Region-17 received the said award from the Civil Service Commission with the presence of Assistant Commissioner David Cabanag. The CSC also handed-over to RDO Muti the cash reward amounting to P75,000. Muti said the said amount will be used for the purchase of equipment and other materials and services that will help further improve the delivery of its frontline services. Republic Act No. 9485 otherwise known as an “Act to Improve Efficiency in the Delivery of Government Service to the Public by Reducing Bureaucratic Red Tape, Preventing Graft and Corruption, and Providing Penalties Thereof” or the AntiRed tape Act of 2007 was signed into law on June 2, 2007.

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P3.5-B hydropower plant in Agusan Del Norte mulled

BUTUAN CITY -- A permit to construct a 30-megawatt P 3.5 billion hydropower plant in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte is now undergoing intensive review, an environmental official said Thursday. Eric Gallego, spokesperson of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Caraga Region, said the First Generation Mindanao Hydron Power Corporation has applied for the construction of the hydropower plant. He said DENR Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo has ordered the review of the application of First Generation Mindanao Hydro Power Corp. for the Special Land Use Permit Gallego said that a special land use permit is a three year permit or privilege granted by the State to a person to occupy, possess and manage in consideration of the specified return (rentals), any public forest lands for a specific use or Friday, May 10, 2013

purpose. The rentals shall be subject to change based on the appraisal or reappraisal of the land under lease and its improvement, he said. Gallego said that the construction of the weir and the powerhouse will occupy about six-hectare of public forest land within the ancestral domain claim in sitio Pagipik , Barangay Bangonay,Jabonga, Agusan del Norte. Puyo river is considered one of the several potential hydropower sites in Mindanao. He said the project would provide an additional electric power supply particularly in Agusan Del Norte but made it clear that no trees shall be destroyed during the construction stage. (PNA) 31


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